The Vintage You Love at Prices You Can Afford
About Affordably Collectable
Our Service PledgeAll items are original; no reproductions.
All items are undamaged unless noted individually.
I encourage personal contact by email via Ruby Lane or telephone to:
- answer product questions
- question a price or make an offer
- request layaway or terms
- request personal service to locate a product
About UsI search out items with TIMELESS APPEAL from COMPANIES YOU KNOW for your home, yourself, or for a special gift. I mainly limit my store to a few categories which keep me more than busy: STEMWARE, SILVER, PORCELAIN, TEXTILES, ART GLASS, LIGHTING and BOOKS. Due to shipping costs, I search out FURNITURE ONLY ON REQUEST unless I can't resist a really good piece.
Who doesn't like GREAT QUALITY at a GREAT PRICE? I strive to buy my items right so I can bring you THE VINTAGE YOU LOVE AT PRICES YOU CAN AFFORD.
WHY CAN I PRICE THE SAME THINGS LOWER THAN OTHER VINTAGE AND ANTIQUE STORES? Midwesterners were northern European immigrants-- Norwegian, Dutch, Swedish, German, English. Hardworking, tightfisted, they left Europe to seek better times. They pioneered from nothing, lived through the Great Depression and two World Wars. They have BETTER TO EXCELLENT QUALITY ITEMS of MODERATE COST. They bought American or made it themselves unless it was a keepsake from the "old country." They valued PRACTICAL, DURABLE THINGS. Their children moved away from the farms. THIS IS THE LAST STAGE OF THESE ORIGINAL ESTATES. In 10 years it will all be over, and from then on this part of American history will only be available on the resale market.
I am working to earn your trust and your trade. My items are ORIGINAL, UNDAMAGED (unless stated otherwise), carefully RESEARCHED and EXPLAINED in my listings. If I make an error, I'll admit it. I'm a reader and a college literature grad; the books I gather are things I enjoy, use for research, cooking, or quilting. I am an Iowa native.
I'M POPULATING EACH CATEGORY AS TIME PERMITS; KEEP CHECKING BACK OR SUBSCRIBE TO MY OPT-IN EMAIL FOR ALERTS ON THE LATEST. OPT OUT AT ANY TIME. REMEMBER: ONCE IT'S GONE, IT'S GONE.
Note that Ruby Lane's minimum allowed prices are $5 on collectables, $10 on books, $50 on lighting, $100 on antiques. Courtesy to Dealers.
Here are some of my CUSTOMERS' FEEDBACK:
"So true to your name - very affordable! I plan to use the set (Hollywood Silver Plate flatware) - my 25th anniversary is coming up next year. I've never had my own silver anything. I'm thrilled. How thoughtful you were to put not just the information about the pattern, but the instructions to care for the silver in the package. I promise to check back often. Thank you for being such a wonderful seller." - Stephanie, Tennessee
"Arrived in great shape (French Center Post Ceiling Shade). My wife loves it." John, New Jersey
"Received the two thimbles (walnut and English brass) in excellent condition. I am sure my daughter-in-law will be pleased. Your thimbles are beautiful and as described. I will use your newsletter for alerts on possible additional purchases. - Dave, Washington
"Received my (Imperial purple slag) owl and am so very pleased. You packed it so well - a very good thing because the box came crushed. He is one of my most cherished possessions! Thank you so much for selling him to me!" - Wendy, Florida
"Yes, got it (sterling thimble). Thank you very much for your diligent follow up. Wishing you continued success." - Marty, South Carolina
"My family member LOVES the (Mexican abalone and mother of pearl) thimbles you shipped to her! She giggled like a little girl (she's a grandmother) about how beautiful they are and the care taken in shipping them. Hearing her fawn over them makes me so happy. Thanks for doing what you do so well!" - Lisa, Georgia
"I received the (crystal luncheon plates) and everything was perfect. Thank you so much!" - Linda, Baylor University, Texas
"OMG! It's gorgeous! (RS Prussia Sheepherder I Hair Receiver) Just received and I love it. Thanks. Saw a couple other pieces in your shop I'll do on layaway." - Joan, Texas
"The (Mikasa Apollo) champagne glasses arrived today and they are beautiful. We will use them for many toasts. BTW -- bomb proof packing job -- thank you." - Robert, California
"Thank you for the beautiful (round lamp) doily. It arrived safely." - Cheryl, Colorado
"Received the (RS Prussia Pearl) plate safely. Very pretty." - Kay, Indiana
"I received the (Princess House) goblet, and it's beautiful! Thank you!" - Caitlin, California
"Our happy and awesome (striped center post) kitchen shade is over the top! It fits perfectly and we couldn't help but smile from ear to ear when we put it up. Above our expectations." - Barbara, Florida
"I am pleased as punch!! I've been searching for these (Strasbourg sterling cream soup spoons) for years. These are so nicely preserved and your price was the irresistible temptation. I will happily use them often. I'm so glad to know you." - Elaine, Washington, D.C.
"Love it. Love it. Love it. (Cristal D'Arques/Durand crystal piano). It's beautiful. Our retiring pianist is going to love it. Just as described. It was nice doing business with you and I hope to do more." - Ann, Texas
"The (Deco sconce) light shades are beautiful and intact. Thank you." -Lisa, New Orleans
"My (Imperial slag cup) is beautiful and I'm pleased with it. I am going to try to build a set of them." - Cindy, Iowa
"The (Bryce needle etched) juice glasses are perfect in all ways. Nice packing. Love them, already in use. Thanks so much." - Marj, Vermont
"The (Leuchtenburg bone) plates were lovely! We gave them as a gift to my daughter's dance choreographer. Thanks so much for the personal touch!" - Ann, New York City
"I received everything in perfect condition (sterling silver flatware). This is my husband's birthday gift and he is happy. Thank you." - Regina, Michigan
"The (vintage light) shade is absolutely beautiful, even more stunning than I thought it would be. I am totally satisfied and will certainly visit your shop again. Thank you, thank you, thank you!" - Holly, New Hampshire
"I received the (Bakelite) knives today and they are wonderful - just as described. Thanks for the fast service and careful packing!" - Candis, Denver
"Thank you for all your care to get the large (Blenko) vase to me. I'll enjoy it for years to come." - Rob, Colorado
"Thank you for your thimble investigation and honesty. I look forward to shopping with you again in the future!" - Mary, Maryland
"The (silver) clarinet is a beautiful instrument, and in nearly mint condition. Incredible for its vintage. It is a pleasure doing business with you. Thanks 'a million.'" - Steve B, Chicago
"The (Imperial slag glass) toothpick holders are beautiful! I'll be checking back... Thank you very much." - Nic, Iowa
"I ordered this (pewter tray) to be used at my daughter's wedding. It arrived on time and in perfect condition. It is so beautiful I can't wait to find other uses for it. I am very satisfied." - Debby, Alabama
Thank you one and all.